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Geography is the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments. Geographers explore both the physical properties of Earth’s surface and the human societies spread across it. They also examine how human culture interacts with the natural environment and the way locations and places can have an impact on people. Geography seeks to understand where things are found, why they are there, and how they develop and change over time.
World Geography Awareness Week is celebrated the third week in November annually by students, educators, families, schools, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and policymakers around the world. More than 100,000 Americans actively participate in World Geography Awareness Week each year.
Wednesday, November 13, is recognized as GIS Day. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are important tools that have the potential to greatly improve the population’s geo-literacy. Its spatial focus embraces the idea of interconnectedness, and it can be used to solve many of the problems Geography Awareness Week addresses. That is why GIS Day was incorporated into Geography Awareness Week in 1999 and has taken place every Wednesday of the week since. For more information, go to GISday.org.
We would like to take this opportunity to recognize GIS Coordinator Adrian Rollans and 911 GIS Analyst Columbus Hawks for their dedication in importing, integrating, updating, and validating data as well as mapping Rowan County. Rowan County offers an Open Data Portal for exploring and downloading open data, discovering and building apps, and engaging to solve important local issues. You can analyze and combine Open Datasets using maps, as well as develop new web and mobile applications. Let's make our great community even better, together!